Diabetics are more prone to developing particular eye diseases, which include cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.There are steps, however, that can help preserve vision and lessen the likelihood of developing these diseases.
- Comprehensive dilated eye exams:¬† Every year, diabetic patients should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. This allows your ophthalmologist to start treatment as soon as problems are discovered.
- Keeping blood sugar under control:¬†Blood sugar that goes unchecked can cause the lens of the eye to change resulting in blurry vision. The blood vessels in your eyes can also be damaged by consistently high blood sugar.
- Manage blood pressure and cholesterol:¬†As with unregulated blood sugar, high blood pressure and high cholesterol also increases the risk of developing eye disease. Keeping these under control is not only good for your eyes but your overall health.
- Kick the habit:¬†Smokers greatly increase their risk of developing diabetes-related eye disease.
- Exercise regularly:¬†Regular exercise can help to keep your diabetes under control as well as help your eyes to remain healthy.